Today, the Great Lakes region faces bigger threats than ever before, due in large part to our dependence on them. The Conservancy is repairing coastlines that have been changed in many ways. We’re improving water quality in rivers and streams. And we’re working with others to manage our forests and keep them healthy.
Encompassing approximately 295,000 square miles of land and water, the Great Lakes basin is home to thousands of rivers and smaller lakes, as well as vast stores of precious groundwater.
The Great Lakes have more than 10,000 miles of coastlines that provide for both people and nature.
The Great Lakes northern forests cover half of the land in the Great Lakes basin.